NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 24, 2018
Game recaps plus the latest on Braden Holtby, Brock Boeser, Nino Niederreiter and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: Sidney Crosby opened the scoring in the first period and ended it with a dazzling overtime goal as the Pittsburgh Penguins nipped the Edmonton Oilers 6-5 in the night’s most-hyped matchup. Patric Hornqvist and Jamie Oleksiak also scored twice for the Penguins, as did Leon Draisaitl and Alex Chiasson for the Oilers. Edmonton captain Connor McDavid added a goal and an assist.
Mika Zibanejad matched a career high with four points and Mats Zuccarello scored twice to give the New York Rangers a 5-2 victory over the Florida Panthers.
Christian Fischer tallied his first career hat trick while Darcy Kuemper made 35 saves as the Arizona Coyotes picked up their third win of the season with a 4-1 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets. Derek Stepan also collected three assists.
David Pastrnak enjoyed a four-point performance and Tuukka Rask kicked out 38 shots in the Boston Bruins’ 4-1 victory over the Ottawa Senators. Bruins center Patrice Bergeron picked up three points in this contest. Bruins defenseman Urho Vaakanainen left the game in the first period after he “took a hit to the head in front of the Sens’ net from Mark Borowiecki” and didn’t return.
Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price made 21 saves to pick up his 289th career win as his club edged the Calgary Flames 3-2. Price is tied with Patrick Roy for second on the Canadiens’ all-time wins list.
Three unanswered third-period goals powered the San Jose Sharks to a 5-4 win over the Nashville Predators, snapping the latter’s five-game winning streak. Brent Burns had a goal and two assists for the Sharks.
The Dallas Stars snapped a three-game losing skid by doubling up the Los Angeles Kings 4-2, handing the latter their fifth straight defeat. Jason Spezza and John Klingberg each collected a goal and an assist for the Stars, who were playing without Alexander Radulov as he remains sidelined by a lower-body injury.
Brandon Saad tallied his first two goals of the season and Corey Crawford turned aside 24 shots as the Chicago Blackhawks downed the Anaheim Ducks 3-1.
NBC SPORTS: Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby believes his struggles last season through February and March were tied to the NHL’s changing culture and its focus on offense over physical play. Taking time to evaluate his performance helped him regain his form in the 2018 playoffs.
CBS SPORTS: Philadelphia Flyers forward Michael Raffl will be sidelined four-to-six weeks with a lower-body injury.
THE SCORE: Minnesota Wild coach Bruce Boudreau believes Nino Niederreiter has lost a bit of confidence in the early going this season but believes the winger will soon regain his scoring touch. Niederreiter usually gets off to a slow start but rounds into scoring form in November.
THE PROVINCE: Vancouver Canucks winger Brock Boeser is listed as day-to-day with a groin problem.
NJ.COM: The New Jersey Devils placed Ben Lovejoy (lower body) and Drew Stafford (upper body) on injured reserve.
CBC.CA: Former NHL goaltender Curtis Joseph reveals he was neglected as a child in his upcoming autobiography “Cujo — The Untold Story Of My Life On And Off The Ice.” “I had a weird life,” he writes. “Two moms, three dads and I grew up in a home full of mentally ill patients run by a crazy person. The last thing anybody expected was that I would someday make a living playing hockey.”
If you think scoring is up early in the NHL season, you’re correct, but barely.
Per NHL Stats, the average goals per game (including shootout deciding goals) so far this season is 6.21 (751 in 121 GP).
The average goals per game during October 2017 was 6.19 (1,115 in 180 GP).
— Tom Gulitti (@TomGulittiNHL) October 23, 2018